My Name Is Earl

Season 1 Episode 19

Y2K

1
Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Mar 23, 2006 on NBC
9.2
out of 10
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334 votes
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Episode Summary

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When Earl is attempting to cross number 24 ("Stole a red 'Take-a-number' machine") off his list, Randy tries to get Earl to back down by trying to make him remember, through a flashback, how they got the machine around New Year's Eve 1999. Darnell convinces the gang to believe that Y2K will signal the end of the world and they, happily, will be the last people on Earth.moreless

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  • Craptacular

    7.6
    Wow, what a crappy episode. Why would he write the number taker on his list, instead of all the thousands of dollars of mechendise they destoyed in the store? And what store wouldn't replace a $40 number taker 6 years later, or would want it back? And how would taking a number resolve any issues between them? Wouldn't they just try to steal the lowest number from the other person if they really were criminals? Lame y2k jokes that weren't funny 6 years ago and a terrible plot make this episode my least favorite in an otherwise great series. Oh Wellmoreless
  • Anarchy in Y2K! It's a bit like 'the day after', but finally we learn, that it has it's advantages to be the last humans on earth.

    9.6
    I really like that crazy look of donny, when he grabs that lamp, the man wanted to buy. Are those cookies, with the filling that earl doesn't like newman-o's? I know a couple people, who don't like the filling in newman-o's.

    Another great thing is that 80s rise of the machines aspect in it (when joy gets caught in the blood pressure machine - scary). Or the spooky music, when they realise, they're the only ones left on earth. I also like, that Joy thinks, those instructions on the bleach are just made up by the government to hassle people. Great Episode!moreless
  • What would happen if Randy were president? I mean, if Y2K happened? Both would be disasterous.

    10
    This episode is a brilliant flashback and is one of my favourite episodes because it is full of so much humour and plot, the sections of the store being controlled is a very memorable scene and the whole episode shows just how nieve and moronic the gang are.



    Catalina's subplot was informative and funny to see how she was transported differently and it is confirmed that she is an illegal immigrant. Introducing Crabman as someone under witness protection was hilarious and I find the whole flashback sequence amusing.



    While stealing a take-a-number thingy isn't an important crime, the Y2K flashback is definitely worth it and I hope to see more types of these abstract episodes.moreless
  • A flashback episode? Okay then...

    7.0
    This episode flashes back to the New years 2000. Earl is newly married to Joy, Donny hasn’t found God yet, Randy is Randy, Darnell is new in town and Catalina is making her way to America. Earl is trying to return a ticket thingy to a store that the gang stole it from in 2000. When Randy protests the episode flashes back to New Years 2000 when our favourite hicks thought that the world had come to an end.



    This episode had the potential for some big laughs, but sadly didn’t quite deliver. The most memorable quote was when Earl is robbing houses dressed up as Santa Claus. He tells a little girl who catches him to go back to bed or she won’t get a Christmas the next year. His voiceover then assures us “Don’t’ worry. She’s on my list”.



    I was surprised at how few good lines Joy had, as she usually tends to steal every scene that she is in. This was not in anyway a bad episode, just a little blah for Earl. After such a strong start for this series, it is a little disappointing how the quality of episodes has declined recently. I really hope that it picks up soon.moreless
  • Excellente!

    9.3
    Funny stuff, funny, funny stuff. When Earl steals a take a number machine, he is reminded of Y2K. Earl thinks everyones dead, so him, Randy, Joy, Darnell, and Donny Jones take over the store and find things to do. But they run into some problems when they each claim a spot in the store as their own, which I thought was funny. Then, they finally create a fully functioning civilization where they possibly have to procreate. Overall it was a good episode with lots of moments I enjoyed.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Catalina is being "packed" for the first leg of her trip to Camden County, she is handed a newspaper titled 'El Periódico', which is Spanish for 'The Newspaper'.

    • Featured Music:
      "Back Door Santa" by Clarence Carter
      "Going Back to Cali" by LL Cool J
      "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits
      "Free For All" by Ted Nugent
      "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M.

    • At the 14 minute spot, there is a camera revealed during zooming into one of the characters. This can be seen in the background TVs that are focused on the characters, just before he picks up the coin.

    • List Trivia:

      Introduced and crossed off in this episode
      #24 Stole red "take a number" machine.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (flashback to Earl dressed as Santa, stealing presents from under a family's Christmas tree)
      Little Girl: Are you Santa?
      Earl: Ho, ho, ho.
      Little Girl: Why are you taking all our presents?
      Earl: Well I think if you thought hard enough, you'd know the answer to that. Now off to bed, or there won't be a Christmas next year either.
      Earl: (voiceover) Don't worry… she's on my list.

    • Mysterious Van Driver: As soon as you get out of this van, you become Darnell Turner. All the documents you need, birth certificate, drivers licence, etc are in this envelope.
      Darnell: Cool. (takes envelope and gets out of van)
      Mysterious Van Driver: Now remember! You can never be Harry Munroe again. You're a totally new person.
      Darnell: Do I still like cheese?
      Mysterious Van Driver: Not if you want to stay alive you don't.

    • Darnell: All the computers will go berserk and things like electricity, water, gas will be out. The banks will be out of money, stores will be out of food, all the high scores on video games will be reset.
      Randy: Even Centipede?

    • Earl: Randy, I told you; No robot dogs. We can only afford the things we need to survive.
      Randy: But I already filled out the adoption papers… I named him biscuit!

    • Darnell: You know it's crazy they're so worried about us stealing stuff. The whole store is gonna get looted during Y2K
      Joy: Wait a minute… there's gonna be looting? (Darnell nods) Then why the hell did we just buy all this stuff? I'm gonna return mine and steal it tomorrow.

    • Joy: You know what I'm gonna loot first? I'm gonna loot me a Humvee. Then I'm gonna take all the other stuff I loot, and put it in my Humvee. And if somebody tries to stop me? I'm gonna drive over them in my Humvee. And I also want a new pair of sandals.

    • Earl: (voiceover) What we didn't know was that every year, Camden County had a New Years fireworks show. We'd never seen it because we were usually passed out by nine.
      Joy: Y'all, that sounds like grenades!
      Randy: Grenades? The other looters have grenades? I only have this bat! I could hit a grenade with the bat, but only if you put it on a tee.

    • Earl: (voiceover) Realising we might be the only people left on Earth in the year zero freaked us out. What we didn't know was that there was a reason the streets were so empty. We were always so drunk from the night before, we were never awake to know there was a parade on New Years day.

    • Joy: Look on the back of that box and tell me how long I'm supposed to keep these bleach trays in.
      Earl: Joy, it says you're not supposed to use these if you're pregnant!
      Joy: Says the super Government… which is dead. There's no more rules anymore Earl. I could put this stuff in my eyes if I wanted to; make the white parts whiter.

    • Earl: Hey Donny, what can I trade you for a TV?
      Donny: Give me your wife.
      Earl: I'm not giving you my wife. Pick a snack food.
      Donny: Marshmallow fluff… smeared on your wife.
      Earl: Donny…
      Donny: Okay. I'll give you a TV. But you gotta owe me one favour. And I get to ask for that favour anytime I want, and you can't say no, and you can't ask what the favour is gonna be.
      Earl: Is the favour giving you my wife?
      Donny: Yup.
      Earl: Forget it.

    • (being checked by the security guard)
      Earl: (voiceover) And even though we're still looked down upon today, I'm confident that one day we won't be. One day we will be seen as the perfect people we were on that one perfect day.
      Security Guard: Ma'am? (Joy opens her jacket and stolen stuff falls out)
      Earl: (voiceover) Of course for some of us, that might take till Y3K.

    • (Randy sleeping on top of a bunk bed)
      Earl: Hey Mr President?
      Randy: Yeah Earl?
      Earl: How does it feel to be on top?
      Randy: I don't like it. It's too high up here. Will you switch with me?

    • (Earl hits Randy in the head with a can)
      Joy: Oh snap! You killed your own brother.
      Donny: I claim the toy section.

    • Joy: Help, help, the machine's got me! Y2K, Y2K! (hits the blood pressure machine) It's okay, I scared it.

    • Randy: Marco, marco, marco....
      Joy: We're not in the damn pool, you idiot. Ollie Ollie Oxen free!

    • Donny: My sister is off with another trucker.
      Joy: Does she get mixed up with a lot of truckers?
      Donny: My sister falls in love easy if that's what your asking.

    • (opening stolen presents)
      Joy: If this is another damn thesaurus, I'm gonna track down those dumb, stupid… dumb people and teach them how to buy a proper gift.

    • Donny: I want little Jesus to see this.
      Joy: Is that who that is? I saw him peaking out, I thought it was Willie Nelson.

    • Randy: (holding a chess set) It's one of them checkers sets, but for smart people and gays.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The sequence where Earl steals Christmas presents is a reference to the Dr. Seuss classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" - you can tell by the outfits Earl and the little girl who confronts him are wearing.

    • 1992 Rodney King verdict

      Randy: Can I loot too, Earl? There's just so much I wanna take. Plus, I'm still a little bit upset about that Larry King verdict.

      Randy is thinking of the reaction to the 1992 Rodney King verdict, after which there was looting in Los Angeles, but he instead refers to the popular CNN talk show host, Larry King.

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